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Authorities seize $80,000 worth of marijuana, drug laced candy

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

It took two months, 11 agencies and hundreds of hours. But this week Marshfield investigation uncovered $88,000 worth of marijuana, some in the form of chocolate candy.

"The chocolates were homemade by these individuals that had marijuana extract in them," said Lt. Rick Gramza of the Marshfield Police Department.

Police say 25-year-old Aaron Keuntjes, 25, and Alyssa Clapper, 23 were heading through the area when officers pulled them over separately.

"We had a reliable tip," said Lt. Gramza.

Authorities say they searched both cars and found the drugs.

"It helps when you have this many agencies working together for the same cause," said Gramza.

Photos released from the Marshfield Police Department show what authorities call the "high grade" marijuana and THC infused chocolate bars. All of it, they say, on track to be sold throughout the community.

"Seizing this large of amount it definitely puts a dent in the supply that would have been in the area," said Gramza.

Officers say getting these drugs off the street is a positive step. But the battle is not over.

"Marijuana is a problem in Marshfield. It's probably the most prevalent illegal drug that we have," explained Gramza.

Melissa Dotter is the coordinator of the Drug Free Communities program, "it's concerning. It's something that can be easily hid by adolescents or hidden in a workplace."

But she says awareness and education can make a difference.

"More people see that things are being done," said Dotter.

As far as this investigation both suspects remain in jail. They have not yet been charged. Both are scheduled to be back in court December 9th.

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